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Rising Stars: Meet Caroline Karp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caroline Karp.

Hi Caroline, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
In some ways, my life has been about four things. Art, spirituality, nature, and the well-being of humankind. It all began with my first mentor, who was a well-known wildlife artist. From that point on, I have never gone more than three days without painting. For me, making a painting is like falling in love. My work tends to be bold, and a lot of passion and emotion comes along with the process. Most of the time, I have no idea what I’m about to paint. But it is the journey into the uncertainty, and it is awakening of the heart. My life is simple. I have two sons. I teach art. I host these really cool and unusual creativity workshops for kids. And sometimes even for adults. I am honored that my paintings and my work have been commissioned by people all around the world.

In March of 2020, I had a vision of starting the International Online Art Collective, a diverse group of artists from around the world who value the power of art to inspire, provoke, and heal. The power of this group is in connection. And from this, a podcast was born. First interviewing these artists and then branching out to all types of artists. As the podcast host of Behind the Art Inspiration, I have interviewed artists from three continents representing many different artistic mediums.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’d say that my biggest struggle was the shift away from my art career early on. I had financial uncertainty to be a full-time artist back in my twenties. Because of this, I went back to school and got my master’s in education. This led me to become a classroom teacher. Rewarding? At times it is. But there is a very solid income ceiling being a teacher. I feel that if I had stuck with the marketing of my artwork when I graduated from art school, the sky would have been the limit. In my opinion, it is extremely difficult to make a living as a teacher. That topped with being considered an essential worker – I really want out of the profession! My obstacle and challenge is that I feel stuck. Here is the silver lining. My art career is booming. My talent and marketing skills are constantly improving.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My romantic expressionistic art is a deep reflection of my inner work – honoring awareness, resilience, and shifting currents. I work as a mixed media, expressionist painter in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, Florida. The oeuvre takes the form of sailboats on abstract waters on large scale canvas. My inspiration derives from a deep connection to the organic flow in nature, traveling, and inner reflection. My work is acrylic based and shifts through waves of abstract waters honoring movement. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University. Originally an oil painter, I shifted gears to acrylic later in life, where I infused my multifaceted skill set to paint oceanic views with sailboats. My art challenges how people see the intricacies of movement and connect to the deeper meaning of one’s personal odyssey. The mise en scène within my body of work transcribes as Plein Air expressionistic painting. My medium is mixed media – acrylic paint on a large scale canvas with a five-step process using black tissue paper and pastels. My artwork is an ongoing practice of resilience. Each creation becomes a product of the inner work I practice through yoga, meditation. My art comes to life through an open-minded curiosity. The work I create is a reflection of the ongoing practice of allowing, accepting, and trusting the process. I want to mention that my next solo exhibition (Sails, Souls and Sparkles – From the Garden Bed of the Mind) is coming up on January 21, 2021. What’s so great about this? It will be virtual so people can join me from around the globe. So for artists who have been wondering if you should be doing a virtual show… you get to see if I’m gonna do it well. This is my first time doing it and I’m kinda nervous. So come and join me on January 21.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Dedicating myself to my art business would be the riskiest thing I could think of. I prefer to use the word “intention” in this case. Here’s my intention – I really want to be this really successful artist who lives this totally soul-driven life and I’m looked after and everything works out. I know that placing my awareness in the direction that I want to go will show me how to create my life. Not everyone is going to like what it looks like on my journey there. Here’s another way to say this. “Your path to success and prosperity simply must be authentic and soul-sourced and not measured by anyone else’s definition of success.” -Christine Kane, my business coach and mentor.

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